I Do Not Believe In Passive Living

(Palm trees photographed in Big Bend National Park) I’ll admit that I make strange choices. I dated a guy for 2 years who lived on a different continent, and then married him and moved to his hometown. I quit my job to pursue being a writer. When my friends were all buying houses and new…

Find Your People

(Texas sky through the trees) I hope that you are the sort of person who paves their own way. I hope you are the sort of person who pioneers new ideas. I hope you are the sort of person who is not afraid to make your own map and go your own way. But whether…

Grasping at Straws

(Baubles hanging on fishing line over the road and between buildings in the Gay Village in Montr√©al, Canada) The more I think about it, the more I admire fishing line. It is strong and versatile and mostly invisible, except when viewed at just the right angle. People use it all the time from many different…

3 Reasons Why You Should Do More Daydreaming

(Finished crochet hexagon blanket project) Daydreaming is not often thought of kindly. The idea of daydreaming conjures images of children staring lazily out of the windows of their classrooms, or adults at work, idly tapping their pencils with preoccupied minds. In essence, daydreaming has become synonymous with wasting time – a cardinal sin in the…

Why You Should Lower Your Expectations 

  (Lula Lake) In the United States in particular, we are taught to achieve, succeed, accomplish, climb. We are told to graduate high school, go to college, marry well, have a career, buy a house, have 2-3 children, and plan our finances to benefit both our retirement and our children’s future.  We have been taught…